‘Hinterland’ in Post-Peace Exhibition at Wuttembergischen Kunstverein Stuttgart

‘Hinterland’ installation in Post-Peace exhibition at Wuttembergischen Kunstverein Stuttgart


‘Hinterland’ after ‘Stage for Tragedy’ installation sketch


Alexandra Exter Stage for Tragedy drawing 1924

Hinterland’* after ‘Stage for Tragedy’ (interpretation of Alexandra Exter’s drawing for a stage setting for a tragedy in 1924) at Post-Peace** exhibition  at Wuttembergischen-Kunstvereins from 24th Feb. (opening) to 7th May 2017.

24th February: Ongoing performance ‘I Must Seek Refuge Again

26th February: Ammunition boxing*** Performative talk (Schlossplaz and Stuttgart Central Station) starts at Schlossplaz with quatrains by 11th century Persian poet Baba Tahir and reading of The Schuman Declaration (from 9 May, 1950), Ammunition boxing will round up with The Laments of the Anonymous Stateless Immigrants — the story of ‘Consumer’s Control’, a post-artistic anti-fascist performance by Ehsan Fardjadniya at Stuttgart train station.

*Hinterland is a place between two lands
it isn’t the mainland, it isn’t my motherland

They say it is a port of fabrication, with no shine in its sand
you should leave from it, as far as you can

I want to reach what they showed me as heartland
not this euro-pallet and plastic, shantyland

Hinterland isn’t Netherland, Deutschland, Finland or Switzerland,
nor is ausland in or outside the motherland

I got a new occupation in this new portland
I build ammunition boxes for the homeland
they say it wouldn’t be used in your fatherland
the money will go to art and culture on one hand
and some for sick baby grant, on the other hand

I don’t know, maybe it is for those who we strand
one day on this, not light but dark dark volcanic sand

A.S.I. (Ehsan Fardjadniya)
Stuttgart 2017

**Post-Peace Exhibition at Wuttembergischen Kunstvereins from 24th Feb. (opening) to 7th May 2017.
The exhibition Post-Peace, traces the present-day manifestations of and relationships between war and peace.
How much war is embedded within our peace?
Post-Peace exhibition was previously censured at Akbanksanat Istanbul (Art-leaks)

***The performance talk is based on Soapboxing outdoor speech practice that originated in London in the decades immediately preceding the first World War. Soapboxing talks manifested the right for everyone to speak politically, gathering incidental audience on the streets.

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